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Comment: Bennett Haselton (Score 5, Insightful) 235

by Laxori666 (#46787851) Attached to: Bug Bounties Don't Help If Bugs Never Run Out
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Comment: Re:Fuck Obamacare (Score 3, Insightful) 723

by Laxori666 (#46718003) Attached to: Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?
It's not capitalist greed, it's anti-free-market greed. Note that non-essential medical services such as plastic surgery and laser eye surgery continuously get better and cheaper over time. That is, I could get the same laser eye surgery today for cheaper, or pay a similar amount for higher-quality laser eye surgery. It's much the same as with computing hardware or any other relatively unregulated market, and quite the opposite of what's happening with healthcare, namely that it gets worse and way more expensive over time. I don't know why forcing everybody in the United States to buy managed healthcare plans would improve the situation at all.

Comment: Re:One thing's for sure... (Score 1) 870

by Laxori666 (#46587239) Attached to: Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate
So when companies switched over from doing finances by hand with a legion of accountants to a computer-based system with a far smaller legion of accountants, they should have kept paying the same amount of tax as if they had kept the full complement of people? Who decides what that tax is? And why does the government get the money instead of the company?

Comment: Re:One thing's for sure... (Score 1) 870

by Laxori666 (#46581311) Attached to: Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate
I really dislike using the term "inflation" to mean "higher prices". I know people use it that way but it confuses the issue. I prefer using inflation to mean strictly "increased money supply" and deflation to mean "decreased money supply". Thus your post reads "the minimum wage certainly affects prices in an upward direction", which is pretty straightforward. If the same amount of labor now costs more then either prices go up or less stuff is produced.

Comment: Re:One thing's for sure... (Score 1) 870

by Laxori666 (#46581161) Attached to: Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate
Nice post. I agree in that I don't know what they would end up doing. Ideally they'd find a job doing something, but what if no one wants to hire them and they have no familial or friend-based support network? You could pay them not to work but then that also encourages other people not to work. OTOH letting them starve and die if they can't help themselves seems less than ideal given the wealth of the entire society. Damned either way. Ideally we'd get to the point where food and shelter are so ridiculously cheap that it's essentially free, but we're not quite there yet.

Comment: Re:One thing's for sure... (Score 1) 870

by Laxori666 (#46581131) Attached to: Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

Trying to race automation to the cost bottom is an exercise in futility; it's a race humans will not win. The only ones that benefit from it are the employers that get cheaper labour faster as a result.

Not only the employers. Consumers also benefit from the lower prices resulting from cheaper costs of production. Basically the only ones that are worse off are those people who did the jobs that are now automated. That's only in the short-run since increased production always ends up leading to new jobs, be it in that industry in other capacities or in other industries that wouldn't have existed otherwise (consider whether we'd ever have something like a computer industry if 90% of the population were still farmers as in 1862).

Stellar rays prove fibbing never pays. Embezzlement is another matter.

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